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A DEBT, BUT NOT OF GRATITUDE

Cries of ‘hope and change’ dissolve into memory

August 3, 2011

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THIS SAD excuse for a deal represents a sad day in America. For the millions of unemployed and under-employed Americans, this debt package abandons any hope they might have had for a strong economic recovery and job creation. To the middle class and working poor of our nation, this deal says plainly that only the super-rich and powerful among us will continue to prosper, and in the eyes of the rest of the world, America, in accepting this deal, has become a second-rate power without a backbone or the courage of its convictions.

The thunderous claims of “hope and change’’ that Barack Obama brought with him into the White House are now but distant memories, and the president, having caved in to the Tea Party’s demands, has edged the middle class to the brink of extinction. When the history of this time is written, our children and grandchildren will look at what Congress and the president have wrought, and ask, “What were they thinking?’’

Henry A. Lowenstein
New York